Interpretive Writer/Curator of African American History - Black Heritage Trail

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Clemson University



Job ID:108417

Location:Clemson University

Full/Part Time:Full-Time

Regular/Temporary:Temporary - Time Limited

JOB SUMMARY:

Engaging with researchers and other team member to create and deliver relevant and ethical curation of African American history of Clemson University, Oconee County, and Pickens County for an outdoor Black Heritage Trail (BHT). Duties for this position include traveling to the three BHT sites to work with BHT team members to gather and organize appropriate information and develop thematic content for trail signage and self-guided/guided tours using appropriate interpretive strategies and techniques. Evaluate trail effectiveness through community engagement. Other duties as assigned.

JOB DUTIES:

60% - Essential - Create BHT Narrative: Travel to the three BHT sites to work closely with the site co-directors, researchers, and team members to create the narrative for the BHT, connecting all three sites, Clemson University, City of Clemson, and City of Seneca. The BHT narrative should be created in a cohesive style and tone while conveying the distinct history and characteristic of each of the three trail sites.

30% - Essential - Facilitate BHT Content Development: Lead content development of thematic interpretive products connecting all three BHT sites including but not limited to trail signage, self-guided/guided tours, brochures, publications, and public engagement.

10% - Essential - Test BHT Interpretation Effectiveness: Monitor interpretation effectiveness on all three BHT sites. Solicit and review feedback from the public about their BHT experiences and the effectiveness of messages for intergenerational audience.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

Education - A bachelor's degree in history, museology or a related field and related experience

PREFERRED REQUIREMENTS:

Work Experience - Minimum 3 years of relevant experience working with historical or cultural sites, that provide thematic and commemorative interpretation to the public, with specialized audiences, and intergenerational visitor groups. Experience in historical trail designs. Experience and knowledge of African American history and culture. Experience in developing educational content for outdoor trails.

Preferred Licenses & Certifications - Heritage Interpretation Certification and National Association for Interpretation Certifications.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

JOB KNOWLEDGE
Comprehensive Job Knowledge - Comprehensive knowledge of theories and practices and ability to use in complex, difficult and/or unprecedented situations

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES
No Supervisory Duties - Not responsible for supervising employees.

BUDGETARY RESPONSIBILITIES
No Budget Responsibilities - No fiscal responsibility for the department's budget.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

Work Experience - Minimum 3 years of relevant experience working with historical or cultural sites, that provide thematic and commemorative interpretation to the public, with specialized audiences, and intergenerational visitor groups. Experience in historical trail designs. Experience and knowledge of African American history and culture. Experience in developing educational content for outdoor trails.

Preferred Licenses & Certifications - Heritage Interpretation Certification and National Association for Interpretation Certifications.

WORKING CONDITIONS:

30% - Exposure to heat or cold
15% - Wet or humid

Comments - Work involves the development of an outdoor walking heritage trail on three different sites.

WORK SCHEDULE:

Standard Hrs: 37.5

JOB LOCATION:

Clemson, SC

APPLICATION DEADLINE:

Extended Deadline April 14, 2024

CLOSING STATEMENT:

Clemson University is an AA/EEO employer and does not discriminate against any person or group on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, pregnancy, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or genetic information.
 

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